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A peerless, classical English mixture, an international best seller.

Notes: England's Oliver Cromwell held the title, "Lord Protector of the Realm," until his death in 1658. Though he ruled, he was not of royal birth, and it's this fact which led to the use of his name for this great tobacco. Ken McConnell's name was well known to European smokers who had enjoyed Davidoff's Royalty for years before the company had a presence in the USA. Each tin had an insert card which described the time Mr. McConnell and Mr. Davidoff got together to create the perfect smoking mixture. If they didn't quite achieve their goal - and I'm not saying they didn't - they came as close as anyone ever has! Simply put, Cromwell is Royalty. We mean the tobacco, not the man. Cromwell / Royalty was included in the E&C range at the insistence of the US importers. They had "discovered" the mixture in Switzerland some years earlier and could often be heard lamenting its unavailability in the USA. When face to face with the Mr. McConnell of Royalty fame, they cajoled, pleaded and finally threatened bodily harm to have this magnificent mixture included in the E&C range. Ken finally relented. The rationale was simple...there was no Royalty in the USA. Cromwell was needed! We meant the tobacco, not the man! Davidoff now has a substantial presence in the USA, and Royalty is still available, though it hasn't been made in London since McConnell closed. With the few tins available in this offering, a handful of smokers have the possibility of trying one of the great tobaccos in its original - London - form. As with all the tobaccos in the Elephant & Castle range, tins of "Cromwell" were hand blended in the McConnell factory on Barking Road in London, England. They are at least 13 years old.

Information from "The E&C Story" on the Marble Arch Ltd. website:

BrandElephant & Castle
Blended ByPeter & Robert Siegel
Manufactured ByC.E. McConnell
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50g Tin, 250g Foil Bag
ProductionNo longer in production
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None Detected, Extremely Mild
Medium, Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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SteelCowboy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SteelCowboy (685)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

Another, long passed tobacco brand, E&C made some wonderful blends and Cromwell is no exception. Cromwell is a medium to full English blend that, at least with age, is well blended with each component tobacco complementing each other wonderfully. I am sure the Latakia has softened, but still makes its presence known. There is an extremely mild topping that I would describe as more on the berry side of fruitiness rather than citrus and it melds more deeply as each bowl progressed. It can burn slightly hot if pushed, but only slightly and with no bite. Cromwell is a great choice for those that are willing to spend the money for a rare eBay tin.

Age When Smoked: 15+ years

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Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

Cromwell was a wonderful blend that Ken McConnell patterned after his own Davidoff Royalty when that wonderful original was also being made in England. Soft and gentle Latakia engulfed the tins which also had Virginia and Oriental components. A specially processed black Cavendish (very naturally sweet), completed the ensemble. A remarkable long gone classic.

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